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Lionsgate to Auction Off Hundreds of ‘The Hunger Games’ Franchise Props

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Lionsgate announced this morning that they will be holding an auction, selling off almost 500 props and costumes from The Hunger Games movies. They have some pretty cool items, such as this Greasy Sae Hob collection:

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But before you get excited and think that you too can own a piece of Hunger Games history, there is a cost.

Yes, that’s right, we have yet to see anything priced less than several hundred dollars, including this:

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Yes, two EMPTY BOTTLES from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will cost you at least $300. Note that it says nothing about whether Woody Harrelson’s or Jennifer Lawrence’s saliva are on them, that’s just a chance you’ll have to take! The mockingjay sign held up in the riot in Catching Fire? $400. (though we admit that’s a kickass prop)

You can even buy the Capitol vehicles, and considering how much the above bottles cost, I’m actually quite surprised they’re priced this low.

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Here’s another amusing thing about the pricing: whoever made this list doesn’t seem to understand how to properly scale things.

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Yes, for the same price as two empty glass bottles, you can get an 8-foot butcher block table that Liam Hemsworth laid on shirtless for hours. Decisions, decisions. 🙂

There are only a small handful of costumes from The Hunger Games, but we know that this is because Black Sparrow Auctions sold off the costumes from the first film in 2013. Most, if not all, of the costumes from Catching Fire (including victor reaping costumes we’ve never seen!) and Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 (including President Coin’s My Body Is Ready costume!) are present, and they look like truly memorable costumes to treasure if you can get your hands on them–Caesar’s, Katniss’s, and Peeta’s are particularly amazing.

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Overall, the catalog is a ton of fun to look at, especially since we get to see things that never made it on screen. Be sure to give it a look over at http://thehungergamesauction.com. I’ve inquired with Lionsgate to see whether they intend to sell print copies of the catalog, since that would actually be something I’d buy.

Here’s the official press release:

LIONSGATE ANNOUNCES THE WORLD OF THE HUNGER GAMES AUCTION WITH LEADING HOLLYWOOD MEMORABILIA HOUSE

PROFILES IN HISTORY

 Fans and Collectors Will Have the Chance to Own a Piece of the
Global Phenomenon on May 20, 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 18, 2016 — Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF), a premier next generation global content leader and the studio behind the blockbuster The Hunger Games film franchise, has partnered with Profiles in History, one of the world’s leading auction houses for Hollywood memorabilia, to hold The World of The Hunger Games Auction on May 20, 2016. For one day only, nearly 500 authentic costumes, props, and set pieces will be available for purchase from each of the franchise’s four films: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

“Everyone will have a chance to acquire items from their favorite characters and moments of The Hunger Games series,” said Joe Maddalena, President, Profiles in History. “We’re extremely proud to offer a collection of this caliber for such a beloved studio franchise.”

The Hunger Games films have captured hearts and minds around the world,” said Kerry Phelan, Executive Vice President, Global Franchise Management & Strategic Partnerships, Lionsgate. “We are excited to bring fans the unique opportunity to own a piece of this global phenomenon.”

The auction will feature genuine costumes worn by the series’ leading cast members, unique props, and recognizable set pieces used throughout the film production process. Highlights include:

  • Katniss Everdeen’s wooden District 12 hunting longbow from The Hunger Games
  • Katniss Everdeen’s iconic Mockingjay armor from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  • Peeta Mellark’s tribute combat wetsuit from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Gale Hawthorne’s District 13 combat ensemble from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  • Katniss Everdeen’s hunting ensemble with signature leather jacket and stunt hunting longbow from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • Katniss Everdeen’s and Peeta Mellark’s iconic Tribute Parade costumes from The Hunger Games
  • Katniss Everdeen’s signature silver bow and quiver used at the Training Center and arena sequences during the Quarter Quell in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • District 12 reaping bowl filled with name slips from The Hunger Games
  • District 12 “Victors’ Village” archway sign from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Tribute Parade chariots used in both The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Prop “holo” device with flip-top screen from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • Signature costumes from Effie Trinket, President Snow, Caesar Flickerman, Finnick Odair, Johanna Mason, and President Coin
  • Peacekeeper uniforms and props
  • Numerous items featuring the signature Panem emblem, including flags, banners, china, pins, and the large gold eagle statue from President Snow’s office

Qualified bidders can participate in the live auction beginning at 11am PDT in the following ways:

  • IN PERSON: At the Profiles In History headquarters located at 26662 Agoura Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302
  • BY TELEPHONE: By calling 310-859-7701
  • ONLINE: Either with absentee bidding or in real-time from anywhere across the globe through the Invaluable Live Auctions platform

More information, including auction registration and a full catalog, is available at http://thehungergamesauction.com.

About Profiles In History
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation’s leading dealer of guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts and original Hollywood Memorabilia. www.profilesinhistory.com

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment.  The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses.  These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See MeDivergent and John Wick series, SicarioThe Age of Adaline, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Codeblack Films’ Addicted and breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates.  Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

About Crystal

A 35 year-old mom to two living in Honolulu, Hawaii, Crystal Watanabe is co-author of Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches.
  • “Here’s another amusing thing about the pricing: whoever made this list doesn’t seem to understand how to properly scale things.”

    Yeah, welcome to the film prop auction world 😀

  • Lars

    If they do an auction thing like this for other movies, does it also cost so much?

    • Yes it does.

      The problem with HG’s one is that most of the fanbase can’t afford it. For stuff like James Bond though (they did one recently: https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/james-bond-spectre-the-online-sale/lots/217) or even if they did an auction for any of the Marvel/DC films, more of their respective fans would be able to afford this. The pricing/value is understandable, it’s just, to be blunt, the wrong audience.

      • xoxotippadee

        I don’t understand? Don’t James Bond and Marvel/DC have as much mass appeal as HG? If the costs are similar, why is the HG fanbase less likely to be able to afford the props?

        • I’m guessing because many are younger and would probably have less money to spend on such a thing. :[

        • Yeah, they both have more mass appeal than HG, but we are talking about the core fanbases here that would actually be interested in owning props of the films. In Bond’s case, they are much, much older & have more money to consider spending on such things, in HG’s case they are much, much younger, with less money. The $200 starting bid is too much for the majority. Marvel/DC would be somewhere in between.

          And on the flip-side, would the richer pro collectors be interested in stuff from Hunger Games compared to stuff from James Bond or Marvel/DC?

          On the prices – in fact HG’s is on the cheaper side actually….

  • Babs

    One table upon which Liam lay, yes please!!!

  • Holy mockingjays, I want it all! I’ll open a permanent THG museum. :3 Guess there’s always the $50 copy of the catalog.
    I would really love to bid on a thing or two, though. We shall see.

    I wasn’t expecting it to be almost everything from the four movies, lol. Including a number of items I hadn’t seen or noticed. So many beautiful Katniss & Peeta & Haymitch outfits!! And I love some of the ones for Cashmere, Mags, Wiress, Seeder–and of course, the two Effie ones!! OMG! 8’D
    Or the Johanna tree suit from her “idiot” stylist–who wants to recreate the iconic elevator moment?! And then all the wonderful furniture…so many chairs & couches that I love…Caesar’s awesome desk, the ACTUAL Everlark bed frame…!! Oh, it makes me want to redecorate the whole house Panem-style. ;-; Reaping bowls might even make nice aquaria or terrariums, and Octavia’s & Flavius’ boxes would be good dog-grooming kits. XD Of course you’d probably really wind up putting anything you won behind glass with an alarm system & charging admission to see it!

    There’s just so much cool stuff. All the weaponry, PK trucks ($10-15K, really?), the actual Peeta pendants, the missiles that look like giant crayons, the Capitol map and random accessories and couple of outfits–and THE little lemon-yellow coat!! I love it so much!!

    But yeah, I like how it says “‘Everyone’/’fans’ will have a chance to acquire items”…lol, sure. ;p

    • Babs

      I’ll take the train cars!! They are actually reasonable. So much cool stuff.

  • Emily

    They spelled Peeta’s name wrong on his hospital band lol

    • xoxotippadee

      I caught that too lol

  • Emily

    So….if I had unlimited funds I’d totally bid on the HG reaping ball, blue swivel chairs from the train, Victors’ Village sign, Katniss’ demand letter, or Plutarch’s letter.

  • Pulchritudinous

    Too expensive for me, haha. I’m glad we got to see what some of the CF Tribute Parade costumes look like. 🙂

  • xoxotippadee

    This is so sad to me because I wish it would stay all together in one place like the exhibitions forever. I love it too much for it to just be scattered all around! And if it has to be, I wish the money would be going for a good cause. It just feels kind of wrong to me that it’s not considering how exorbitantly (thank you SC) priced everything is.

    Oh…and the wetsuits. That Jen and Josh peed in the ocean in. I hope whoever buys them is fully aware of that…or maybe I hope that they’re not lol.

    • That little factoid should send the price skyrocketing, LOL…you know there’s gotta be somebody out there who’d be all about that…XDD

      But I hear you!! I know LG’s getting desperate here, but the more I think about it..it just seems so wrong. Like the pieces should be raffled off to real fans, not sold to the highest bidder when it isn’t even for charity. So dismaying. Some folks will probably swoop in and steal everything from those who actually care and truly value the objects, then stuff them into a pile of props/memorabilia somewhere, “just because.” 🙁 It’d be one thing if someone tried to get it all and open a really cool, permanent museum or something, but somehow I kinda doubt that…

    • There are obviously multiple wetsuits made for each actor so…..

  • Trevia

    I got Gales hunting bag! ❤️

    • So happy for you! ^u^
      From what I understand, only one other item went to an “actual fan”–President Snow’s china, I believe? And the guy who got that plans to offer pieces to fellow fans at reasonable prices. 😀